A weed-covered lot in Southern California, owned by Caltrans, is completely redone by a couple who live adjacent to the garden, complete with native varieties, a citrus grove, and hundreds of new plants, creating a Mediterranean idyll.
Through substantial fundraising efforts—with about $15,000 raised each year from donations and events—and grants from the city and Caltrans, the McKenneys have a budget of about $45,000 to $50,000 per year, for the garden. And the McKenneys, who are retired, now spend about two to three hours in the garden each day during the summer and five to six hours each day during the fall through the spring.
They have a team of approximately six to seven volunteers who help in the garden, as well some college students who are paid to help maintain the garden. Betty calls the garden her "full-time hobby" and the couple's website, Arlington Garden, is a comprehensive showcase for their garden, including an iPhone app, developed by their son.